Big Data


The other day I watched the Oracle Big Data forum. Now available here. A half-day event with various speakers on the subject of BigData, including Tom Kyte , a mentor who I admire!

In the forum they have gone over Oracle's approach to Big Data and allow me to summarise it below:
  1. Acquire - Collect Big Data, identify it, where is it? Then store it in Oracle NoSQL - a value-pair database

  2. Organise - Stage Big Data in a transient elastic database. Using Oracle Data Integrator and the Oracle Hadoop connector, reduce and distil it.

  3. Analyse - Start Analytics on (more...)

Google AppEngine Full Text Search with Cloud SQL

Introduction Many Google AppEngine developers have been waiting for the Full Text Search feature, especially coming from Google the biggest search engine on the Web. I was quite happy to see that Google team is working on it as you can check in the Google I/O 2011 session : Full (more...)

Choosing NoSQL For The Right Reason

Observing the NoSQL hype through the eyes of an SQL performance consultant is an interesting experience. It is, however, very hard to write about NoSQL because there are so many forms of it. After all, NoSQL is nothing more than a marketing term. A marketing term that works pretty well because it goes to the heart of many developers that struggle with SQL every day.

My unrepresentative observation is that NoSQL is often taken for performance reasons. Probably because SQL performance problems are an everyday experience. NoSQL, on the other hand, is known to “scale well”. However, performance is often (more...)

Buzz Around Non-Relational DBs

Reposting from my other blog http://texploration.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/buzz-around-nonrelational-db/


Last Saturday we (GITPRO – Global Indian Tech Professionals Association) arranged Tech Talk on NoSQL (nonRelational actually) DBs and Scaling Hadoop. It was very well attended. In the general introduction session when many introduced themselves they told their interests in Hadoop and (more...)

No SQL, so what?

It's been a fortnight since Log Buffer rounded up the reaction to the nascent No SQL movement. But there is a lively thread still running on Oracle-L. The entire thread is worth reading, but I was particularly struck by something Nuno Souto wrote:
"Now: the simple fact here is that folks from Google, Facebook, Myspace, Ning etcetc, and what they do as far as IT goes, are absolutely and totally irrelevant to the VAST majority of enterprise business."
This is so true. For starters, there is no SLA for users of Google's search engine. If Google doesn't include (more...)